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Zell's secret talks with Blagojevich

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Today, Chicago Tribune reporters detail discussions its parent company's chairman Sam Zell had with members of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his administration.

Says the Tribune report: "The records--including e-mails, telephone logs and calendars obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Act--provide new details about the urgency of Tribune Co. efforts to get a financial bailout from the state and the Cubs-crazy governor's personal contacts with the company and Cubs officials.

The documents leave much unsaid, and most of the people who could fill in the blanks would not comment."

The Sun-Times has reported that Blagojevich wanted to hit up Zell for campaign cash at the same time Zell sought state help in the Wrigley deal. Both Zell and Blagojevich told the Sun-Times there was no discussion about fund-raising. But the Sun-Times obtained internal campaign fund-raising records from late last year that targeted Zell.

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